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Czech Republic: History, Culture and Politics at Charles University / International Business & Economics at the University of Economics, Prague (ISA)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic hot-spot of Central and Eastern Europe for over 1000 years. With over 1.2 million local inhabitants in the city proper and a constant flow of international travelers exploring the city, Prague is a bustling capital of global importance.  

Founded in 1348 by Charles IV (Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia), Charles University is accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education. Charles University's goals are to provide high-quality education, to promote research in all disciplines, and to foster social and cultural development with emphasis on internationalization. More than 42,000 students enroll in classes each year, including an international student population of approximately 4,300.

Through the "History, Culture & Politics" program at Charles University, students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of humanities-based courses during a term, semester or academic year program in Prague, Czech Republic. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework exclusively designed for ISA students. Subjects offered include history, architecture, cinema, economics, and politics.  Czech language coursework is a required of all students in the program. The courses at Charles University are offered in English by university faculty;  classmates are ISA students only.

In the "International Business & Economics Program" at the University of Economics, you can choose from a variety of business courses focusing on international business, globalization, finance, communications, marketing, management, and more. In addition to your core classes, you will take a semester-long Czech language course designed to ease your transition into life in Prague through basic knowledge of the country's language. Classmates include ISA students as well as other visiting international student. Apart from the Czech language course, all classes are instructed in English and are taught by UEP professors.

Situated within walking distance from the ISA Prague office in Prague 3, the University of Economics, Prague (UEP) is the Czech Republic's leading university in the field of management and economics. You will take classes held in the newest addition to the UEP campus featuring smart classrooms, cafeterias, conference rooms, and amphitheaters.

Housing options include apartments near the university campus or dorms that are a tram-ride away. The ISA Study Center offers computers, gathering spaces and ongoing support during the program. You'll be able to be largely independent if you wish, but ISA staff are there to help.

Minimum GPA: 2.5  

Period: Trimester in the fall or Semester fall and/or spring 

3 or 4.5 credits 
Program Advisor: Professor Todd Heidt

Learn more about the ISA Czech Republic: History, Culture & Politics Program at Charles University and more about the International Business & Economics Program at the University of Economics

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